Distinguished School Administrator Award

About the Distinguished School Administrator Award The Distinguished School Administrators Award honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program.The purpose of the AASL Distinguished School Administrators Award is:
  • To honor those administrators outside the library profession who through individual leadership and sustained effort have made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library services and to advancing the role of the school library services in the educational program.
  • To recognize the responsible and influential role of those administrators outside the school library department in developing successful school library programs.
  • To stimulate planning, implementing and support of the library services which are essential to a meaningful educational program.

Established in 1985.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

Annual $2,000 award.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


State, county or district school superintendents and building principals, currently in administrative office, directly responsible for a school or group of schools at any level, who is not working in a library services department and who is not a regular ALA/AASL member are eligible for nomination. District administrators responsible for broad instructional leadership such as assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum and instruction and directors of elementary and/or secondary education are also eligible provided they are not working in a library services department or a regular ALA/AASL member.

Nominations must be made by AASL personal members.

Application Instructions

To apply, visit the AASL website.

Contact Information

Mrs. Krista K. Britton (Chair, July 1, 2014, to July 31, 2015)
Pamela Jo Renfrow (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016)
Jonna Ashley (Staff Liaison, September 1, 2014, to July 31, 2017) - jashley@ala.org
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Recipients are notified in the spring.